Thursday, 2 April 2015

welcome to the wonderground

welcome to the wonderground is now available for download from my ravelry store! it's also the latest design from the when nature fought back collection. i'm on a roll this week!

a bit of a tale about the journey of this design: earlier in the winter, after i'd decided i was going to work through my stash and stop buying yarn that wasn't for dyeing, wolseley wool got in a shipment of madelinetosh tosh merino light. i was already in love with this yarn thanks to double scoop, and the colours they got in were a perfect mix of neutrals/pastels and obnoxiously bright. i grabbed three sets of coordinating two full skeins and a unicorn tail with the intention of designing shawls - what shawls, i had no clue, but i knew i'd figure it out eventually. clearly i have great impulse control.

the original welcome to the wonderground was this bright one, knit with mandala, cosmic wonderdust, and bound off with a bright edge of edison bulb. i loved it! it reminded me of carnivals and ferris wheels and, as i often described cosmic wonderdust, "like a unicorn barfed." 

when it came to publication though, especially given my upcoming trunk show and the very un-unicorn-barf aesthetic of when nature fought back, and the fact that i wanted to take advantage of the constrasting bind off to make kits involving mini skeins, i realized i needed another sample that still made sense for the idea of the design while in a more subdued palette.

insert welcome to the wonderground, the alice in wonderland version. this was another trio from my madtosh yarn binge, and when i looked at it again, i realized that it was perfect for what i needed. it reminds me of alice's mad tea party, a dreamier yet still just as manic wonderground. the colours suited when nature fought back (not to mention my own wardrobe) much more, but i could still feel that wonderground was an appropriate name for the design. 

so there you have it, two completely different looks with the very same pattern. ah, the magic of knitting. you can download the pattern by itself here

i will have kits prepared with my own yarn available at the trunk show on may 7-9, and depending on how much sells at the show, will have kits available online either shortly or a bit later after that. 

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